#1: Simple solutions
Sometimes simple solutions for design problems are the best ones. Often, making a creative change to an existing space is a simple solution that makes a dramatic impact. Think Contrast, Color, Creativity, and Comfort. Look to one of these four C’s to build upon for your space solutions. Examples of simple “C” solutions: Contrast: use smaller, less expensive accent pieces as the visual interest in your space. They’re easy and cheap to change with your mood or the season. Color: painting is one of the simplest and most cost effective ways to change a space. Just remember tip #2!!
Hint: Take Comfort for example…. to help make people more comfortable at standing cocktail parties, place the food at buffet height. Also, use an array of tall candles and lights, or tall glass vases filled with seasonal items, placed on side tables or credenzas to provide subtle up lighting and also elevate your furniture profile.